ABUSEDGOAT (2760) - California, USA - JUL 25, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Pours an amber body with a moderate head. Grapefruity and citrusy hops dominate the aroma with resiny notes. Some caramel backing, but not a lot of malt complexity. It’s funny to look back and think this used to be one of the most bitter beers I had. One of my favorites from Stone, but that doesn’t say much. Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2005
(Bottle 65 cl) Nice, clear amber colour with a small, white head. Lovely spicy nose - ginger? Spicy flavors with lots of sweet caramel and hops - loads of them. Pronounced alcohol - almost grappa-like. Very unusual, but very delicate. Oh, did I forget to mention, that this is quite a bitter beer also? ricardowess (25) - Sedona, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2005
I was expecting the hops... after reading reviews and the label... but I was surprised to taste the strong citrus and pine flavors that come out. Bitter aftertaste - great stuff - will have again!!! timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2005
this beer tastes like vodka mixed with pine sol and grapefruit juce. just kidding this was a good one. a lot of alcohol is apparent in the aroma and it is a little unbalanced, but i guess that is the point. i prefer stone’s regular ipa to this one Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2005
Pours a dark golde, with a white head. Aroma is hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. a litle sweet malts surface too. Taste is an explosion of bitter and aromatic hops. Grass, hay, flowers, all the superlatives you can use about hops. Taste is surprisingly well balanced for a beer this bitter. The malts do make a firm broad foundation for the wonderful hops. Aftertaste is long and bitter. P.S. Did i mention the hops?
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Pours a hazy dark gold/orange color with a small amount of offwhite head. Aroma is delicious, perhaps one of the best ive ever smelled...huge amounts of citrus fruits and floral gardens. Flavor is slightly fruity and malty, then totally wiped out with a huge amount of hoppy bitterness and then finished with a dry sweet fruit aftertaste. Overall, I found the beer enjoyable. I drank it out of my sniffer and it was pleasant. ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2005
Amber colour with a white head. Hoppy, fruity aroma with lemon and pine notes. Malty and light caramel sweet flavor with a dry hoppy pineapple sweet finish. Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
Bottle. Dark golden colour with a small white head. Hoppy aroma and a light sweet dry hoppy taste. Medium to full body and a great dry finish. joergen (28142) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
Orange coloured with a white head.
Nice hoppy aroma with notes of malts and fruits.
Hoppy flavour with notes of malts and pine needles. barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 update 02/26/08 12 oz. bottle courtesy of Illini08. golden amber with a quickly fading white head and spotty lace. citrus & pine nose. flavor is just as good as I remember, malt forefront quickly taken over by the citrus & pine resin hops. very smooth and drinkable!
22oz. bomber courtesy of Eric ( Heemer77 ) very similar in appearance to the Stone IPA but with much less head & lace. the alcohol is more noticeable than in the regular IPA and definitely a quality brew. the malt front taste is quickly overshadowed by the bitter hop aftertaste. I liked this one, not as balanced as the Stone IPA but overall, a damn fine beer.